Last week I had the pleasure of working with two classes of school kids at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado to doodle up some fun that today is making a big difference all the way across the country in North Carolina. My beautiful step-daughter, Zoe, is in third grade and her class created awesome paper coffee cups, Each custom cup was designed by a student. The cups were donated by the local Town Place Suites. I did this activity with her teacher from last year’s class too. I taught them a few doodling concepts and we discussed the story, Have You Filled A Bucket Today.
The story helps children understand how we either add or take away from our own and other’s well-being with our actions and words. The students had a little bit of time to doodle patterns around the white cups with my favorite… Sharpie markers! Then they colored in their designs with their Crayolas while listening to relaxing music.
Then they wrote little notes with fall pictures and adorable messages to go inside.
They all turned out so great!
All of the coffee cups flew back with me to North Carolina where my teenage sons stuffed them with tea bags, hot cocoa packages, hard candies and the notes and we delivered them to a retirement home. The residents were thrilled beyond belief.
Did you know that doodling is an excellent way to access creativity, calm the brain and cause relaxation? The simplicity of letting the mind rest while the hand moves a writing utensil around a piece of paper has value. Doodling helps the brain unwind while fueling creative processes, processes that children (of all ages) often need to write stories, problem-solve and plan.
It make my heart grow to know that between Ryp and I, we have have four amazing children…and that there are ways despite distance and time that we can work together to create love, giving and connection. After all, isn’t that what it is really all about.
So get out your crayons, markers or pencils and some paper and relax. Create. Make a difference for someone, starting with yourself.
PS: Next Up…Christmas caroling to drop off doodle cups of joy created by my other step-daughter, Jordan’s, Girl Scout troop in Colorado. Sneak peek of cups…